Senate to hold initial gun control vote Thursday

WASHINGTON Tue Apr 9, 2013 2:58pm EDT

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) stands on Capitol Hill in Washington February 28, 2013. REUTERS/Jason Reed

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) stands on Capitol Hill in Washington February 28, 2013.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on Tuesday said he has scheduled an initial vote for Thursday on a controversial gun control bill that is in reaction to December's massacre at a Connecticut elementary school.

Reid, however, said he does not know if he will be able to attract the 60 votes necessary to overcome procedural hurdles from senators opposed to gun control.

In the meantime, some senators are trying to reach a bipartisan compromise on background checks for gun buyers, which could help build support for the measure.

(Reporting By Richard Cowan; Editing by Sandra Maler)

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paddyoneil wrote:
God help us – God help the children of America

Apr 09, 2013 3:24pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
USAPragmatist wrote:
I would hope this passes, need to add some common sense reality to gun laws, particularly the lack of UNIVERSAL background checks and straw man purchasers. But being a realistic person and seeing what the GOP has become there is no way get 60 votes, sad that the gun nuts and the GOP they control are not allowing our country to move from a wild west mentality to a more civilized society.

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Yashmak wrote:
Anyone care to read the results of a survey of 15,000 law enforcement officers?

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